Thursday 08 March 2018 -
10:00 to 17:00

The British Council is celebrating the essence of women’s right, empowerment and achievement to promote a gender parity, challenge stereotypes and bias, forge positive visibility of women, influence others' beliefs / actions, and celebrate women's achievements. 

To showcase and to change the perception of women’s empowerment, the British Council is going to celebrate the International Women’s Day 2018 through daylong events on 8 March 2018.

 Activity schedule:

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10.00 AM – 11.00 AM  

British Council Library

It will be an online quiz competition where the participants will bring their own devices to participate. The topics of the quiz competition are –

 a. Emmeline Pankhurst and  Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (prominent women’s right activist) 
b. My everyday STEM’ (easy question on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) 

There will be 10 teams each consists of five members. Top three teams will get prizes.

Invited participants from our partner institutions and librray members only

Film screening 

10.00 AM – 12.00 PM

British Council Auditorium

Children's Film Society Bangladesh will showcase award winning short films, directed by children, on women issues follwed by an interactive facilitated by young directors. The discussion will be navigated focusing director’s journey of movie making; source of idea, planning, shooting, post production experience etc.  

Open to public upon walk in registartions

Ms. Shabash and friends

02.00 PM – 04.00 PM

British Council Auditorium

There will be a workshop for adolescent girls and boys where they will be guided through the process and in the end we should have quite a few stories that we can polish up, edit, etc. The basic premise will be to come up with a Ms. Shabash story idea in which we highlight the theme of women’s empowerment.                                                        Ms Shabash, is a strong female character featuring in a comic book that attempts to move past token feminism and create a narrative that does justice to its female protagonist.                                                The best story will be animated and we will post it in our social websites. 

Invited participants from our partner institutions and librray members only

 Living Library 

03.00 PM – 04.00 PM

British Council Garden

The Living Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. This time we will invite women from all fields of life to join and share their struggle and journey with and empower other women and girls.

Open to public upon walk in registartions

Panel Discussion 

04.30 PM – 05.30 PM

British Council Auditorium

There will be a panel discussion facilitated by the prominent women and human right activists. The panellists will share their experience as professionals, status of women’s education and employment, success stories etc.                         The expected panellists are
· Farzana Chowdhury – CEO, Green Delta Insurance and UN Global Compact Leader
· Dr. Syed Shaikh Imtiaz, Chairperson, Dept. of Women and Gender Studies, DU
· Country Representative from HeForShe 
· Taslima Yasmin – Advocate , Dhaka University 
· Mahmuda Rahman Khan – USAID
· Barbara Wickham – Director, British Council 
· Editor – The Daily Star

Invited participants from different partner universities will join and participate in the panel.

Displaying projects on gender equality and women’s empowerment

10.00 AM – 05.00 PM

British Council Garden

There will be a day long project display on entrepreneurship and other gender equality model. The display will be open for library members and walk-ins. There will be project curators to discuss the model with audience.     

Open to public upon walk in registartions


To join us in the celebration of International Women's Day, let us know your name, contact number, e-mail address, gender and age by 7 March 2018